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1 Accessibility Planning, Training & Advisory Programme Making the connections—making it happen Putting Accessibility Planning withinreach! Derek Palmer Programme Manager Scottish Accessibility Briefing 13 April 2005

2 What is accessibility? Accessibility means whether someone is able to reach the key services they need, either by travelling to these services or by the services being available where they are.

3 What is accessibility planning? “Accessibility planning focuses on promoting social inclusion by tackling the accessibility problems faced by those in disadvantaged groups and areas.” “It sets a framework for local transport authorities to work with their partners to tackle poor accessibility.” “It is particularly focussed on access to those opportunities that are likely to have the most impact on life chances: employment, education, health care and food shops.” ''It is not just about transport - the location of services and the way they are delivered has as significant an influence on accessibility as transport provisions.” Accessibility Planning guidance

4 Why is accessibility planning important? The Prime Minister, in his foreword to Making the Connections (SEU, 2003), said that accessibility planning… ‘..offers a new way to find and solve local problems, checking whether people experiencing social exclusion can reach the services they need, and identifying action to take if they can’t. Action could be through improving public transport, introducing more innovative travel options, or changing the location or delivery of the services people need.’

5 Key barriers to accessibility Availability and physical accessibility of transport Cost of transport Services and activities located in inaccessible places Safety and security Lack of information and limited travel horizons

6 Access to local facilities

7 Access without a car

8 Public transport security

9 Transport costs

10 Sectors affected by accessibility Health Education Employment Fresh food shopping Leisure

11 Accessibility planning: what does it involve? Five stages: 1.Strategic accessibility assessment — identifying accessibility problems systematically and objectively 2.Local accessibility assessment — guide development and delivery of measures 3.Option appraisal and identification of resources — identifying local problems and appropriate solutions 4.Action plan preparation — refining potential actions 5.Performance monitoring — establishing indicators and targets Not just about transport: location and delivery of services important

12 Stages of accessibility planning

13 Deadlines July 2005: LTP submission July 2005: Framework Accessibility Strategy to be submitted as part of LTP March 2006: Full LTP submission March 2006: Full Accessibility Strategy to be submitted as part of Full LTP

14 Why are LTAs involved? DfT has overall responsibility for the SEU report's implementation, monitoring progress, evaluation, & long-term policy development, & leads a cross- departmental team of officials who are responsible for implementing their Department's policies DfT expects LTAs to take accessibility planning forward at the local level engaging other local authority departments & outside stakeholders as necessary

15 Accessibility planning aims to… Make it easier for people to get to work Help to reduce health inequalities Help to increase participation and attainment in education & training Provide better opportunities for those without access to a private car Reduce social exclusion

16 Aims of withinreach “To support and advise local transport authorities (in England, outside London) in implementing accessibility planning; and to develop and maintain a framework to facilitate development of, and dissemination of good practice on accessibility planning.”

17 The withinreach Programme 1.withinreach programme office 2.DfT/ CLWGAP meetings 3.LTA surveys 4.Engagement with LTAs 5.Engagement with OGDs, LG bodies and other stakeholders 6.Learning toolkit 7.Research 8.Site Specific Advice (SSA) 9.Action Learning Programme (ALP)

18 Assistance for LTAs withinreach Programme Office (advice & information) –Tel: 020-7910-5800 –Email: Website – Learning toolkit Workshops and seminars Feedback Site Specific Advice or Action Learning Programme

19 withinreach: what it does and does not do withinreach does not: Prepare accessibility strategies Prepare Local Transport Plans Support Accession Undertake modelling Provide free SSA or ALP withinreach does: Provide information Provide advice Develop the toolkit Develop learning materials Maintain website Promote engagement Assist LTAs Liaise with OGDs etc Guide research

20 How we see accessibility planning Accessibility Planning is a major contributor to modernising services, a tool to that end LTAs and transport planners are the means to that end Accessibility Planning provides evidence for LTPs Accessibility Planning identifies key needs for transport & access in the context of community strategy development, local development frameworks & local transport planning It must be inclusive - partners & stakeholders are important to its successful delivery Partnership is the means to effective delivery

21 What is a partnership? “Partnership is the temporary suppression of mutual loathing in the pursuit of hard cash” Local Transport Today 4 Nov 2004

22 A Partnership is… ….a joint venture involving collaboration between different partners for mutual benefit.

23 Research results to date Variety of experience & understanding of process Considered as ‘new’ rather than ‘re-branding’ Reliance on DfT guidance Concerns over data quality & availability Concerns over modelling Partnerships being developed, some in place Concerns over ability to maintain Partnerships Lack of resource offers from Partners Links to/from LTP uncertain Poor project management to develop LTP/AS BUT Some LTAs making rapid progress

24 withinreach – where next? Next steps: –Toolkit publication –Roll-out of ALP & SSA –Further surveys –Regional Engagement Pilot –Continual development of website –Regional workshops Longer term: –withinreach continues until Dec 2006 –Will recommend to DfT on future of programme

25 Lessons for Scotland Accessibility Planning is the way forward for local transport planning Provide clear guidance for practitioners Accessibility Planning is more than modelling Emphasise the importance of Partnerships Train professionals well in advance Do not expect too much too soon

26 Thank you Accessibility Planning, Training & Advisory Programme

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